Internship Program

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The European Roma and Travellers Forum offer internships throughout the year in its headquarters in Strasbourg. We accept applications year round. Interns are selected to work in one or more of the following areas: human rights, gender equality, social development and sustainable development etc.

The work is carried out in English under the guidance of the Head of the Secretariat and/or Outreach officer of the ERTF. Internships can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis depending on the project and the availability of the candidate. While we are not able to provide financial remuneration, the candidates will be insured by the Council of Europe against the risks of sickness and accident for the duration of your traineeship. Please find the insurance details in this link.

Tasks to be performed by the intern:

The intern would support the Secretariat based on ERTF's current work programme. Key activities include, according to the intern competences:

  • Monitoring developments related to the Roma communities
  • Undertaking specific research concerning Roma communities at EU and national levels
  • Drafting factsheets and/or policy position papers
  • Attending and reporting on internal and external meetings
  • Supporting in the design of conferences and relevant meetings related to policy as appropriate
  • Supporting the administrative and logistical work related to ERTF events
  • Participating in any other task related to the post as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Head of Secretariat, and Outreach Officer according to the particular skills and competencies of the intern.

Qualifications required:

  • Excellent English proficiency with distinctive writing skills
  • Good knowledge of different research methods

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information and email your Internship application: resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The subject line should state: "Application for internship."


  • Image 4Jalini Rouvière, student at Sciences-Po Rennes

    “My traineeship has been very educational and the activities I handled (writing briefing papers on various topics/countries, preparing complaints for the French Public Prosecutor, raising awareness in schools) gave me the opportunity to strengthen my knowledge and develop new competencies. This experience will certainly be decisive for my professional future”.

  • Image 2Arbi Jaupi, student in Master 2 «European Law and International Affairs», University of Strasbourg

    “The experience was more than I could have expected and provided me with valuable insights into the functioning of an NGO. The variety of subjects I had the chance to work on allowed me to sharpen my skills, develop new competences and increase my autonomy in a professional, and very often, time-intensive environment”.

  • lola girardLola Girard, student at Sciences-Po Rennes

    “It was very interesting for me to discover thethe Council of  way the Forum is working: for example, the administrative process to organize a meeting, to establish a budget or to deal with the media. I was also impressed by the very structured internal organization of the Forum. Besides, I could experience the work in Europe, since the Forum has a specific partnership agreement with this institution. Since the Secretariat of the Forum is a relatively small body, I had the opportunity not only to observe but really to take part in activities and have responsibilities. It also has been possible thanks to my supervisor who took time to give me tasks and to guide me to deal with it”. You can also listen to Lola’s interview here.

  • la PlacaLaura La Placa, student at the University of Strasbourg

    “My internship at the ERTF Secretariat was an enrich­ing experience. The team welcomed me warmly and ex­plained to me their work so that I could immediately feel at ease. I had specific and various tasks that allowed me to get involved in multiple fields. It was interesting for me to experience both the satisfactions and difficulties of an international NGO’s work. The two months I spent at the ERTF represented for me also the opportunity to deepen my knowledge of the current living conditions of Roma and Travellers in Europe. Thanks to the deep part­nership of the ERTF with the Council of Europe I could also get acquainted with the work of the Council for the protection and promotion of Roma rights. Thank you to the ERTF team for giving me this opportunity!”
  • 224961 10200397798174277 483054763 nMargot Van den Heede, student from the Catholic University of Leuven

    "Doing a traineeship at the ERTF has been an important experience for me. I learned a lot about the possibilities and the difficulties that an international NGO such as the Forum has to deal with. Trainees are given a lot of responsibility and freedom to work around different top­ics that they are interested in. Thanks to this I gained valuable knowledge of which I'm sure will help me in my future career. Thanks to the partnership with the Coun­cil
    of Europe the traineeship creates an opportunity to follow the policy making concerning Roma integration at the European level. All of this guarantees that a traineeship has a lot to offer".